Talk Like a Leader

Talk Like a Leader

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Tips, techniques, and insights for more effective leadership communication. Learn to apply powerful communication strategies to coach, inspire, and resolve conflict situations as a leader.


The Power of Questions
Dec 10 • 8 min
Leaders often know exactly what they want done and how they want it done, and telling people what to do is not likely to invite cooperation and enthusiastic engagement. Questions are better than statements for engaging people and inviting them into…
Overcoming Other People’s Perceptions of You
Dec 3 • 10 min
Leaders often find themselves in the position of having their motives and intentions misunderstood and misinterpreted. In today’s episode, I’ll share one specific example of how to overcome potentially negative perceptions people have of you and…
Focusing on Gratitude to Talk Like a Leader
Nov 26 • 9 min
Finding ways to stay positive, encouraging, and supportive rather than negative, critical, and judgmental of others is a powerful strategy in your leadership communication tool box. One way to develop your ability to stay on the positive side of…
Leadership Communication Mindset with Carl Smith
Nov 19 • 12 min
How you think about your communications with others - your intentions and mindset - will make a big impact on your long-term communication effectiveness. In this episode, Carl Smith and I briefly explore the impact of your communication mindset and…
Managing Expectations and Building Trust with Carl Smith
Nov 12 • 12 min
Unmet expectations - spoken or otherwise - can lead to dissatisfaction and damaged trust. Damaged trust can, in turn, can slow communication and results. Using the DISC model, you can better understand, and manage, expectations in order to build and…
Accept, Approve, and Appreciate Others
Nov 4 • 9 min
How we think about others affects how we interact with them, and how we interact with them often reveals how we think about them. This week, I’m covering three actions we can take towards others that will improve both how we think about them and how…
Unintentional Threat Triggers - Cautious Style
Oct 29 • 9 min
This episode is the final episode of a 4 episode series looking at the ways each of us communicate and interact with others that can unintentionally create the perception of threat in other people. This week, I’m focusing on both sides of the…
Unintentional Threat Triggers - Supportive Style
Oct 22 • 9 min
This episode is the third of four episodes looking at the ways each of us communicate and interact with others that can unintentionally create the perception of threat in other people. This week, I’m focusing on both sides of the interactions…
Unintentional Threat Triggers - Inspiring Style
Oct 15 • 9 min
This episode is the second of four episodes looking at the ways each of us communicate and interact with others that can unintentionally create the perception of threat in other people. This week, I’m focusing on both sides of the interactions…
Unintentional Threat Triggers - Dominant Style
Oct 8 • 9 min
We all communicate in ways that “trigger” other people. If you have Dominant style communication traits , you can unintentionally cause a perception of threat for people who don’t share this trait with you. If you don’t have Dominant traits, you can…
How Do You Talk to Yourself?
Oct 1 • 9 min
We all have an inner voice, and we talk to ourselves. If this voice is negative, it can create problems for you as a leader. This week, we’ll consider how you talk to yourself and how you can make that internal dialogue more positive and productive….
Five Ways to Deescalate Conflict
Sep 24 • 8 min
In this episode, I’ll package together five conflict resolution strategies in one place. This episode compiles single points I’ve made in other places into one full package you can use to improve your conflict resolution skills. Additional Leadership…
Communicate in a Way that Does NOT Convey Threat
Sep 17 • 10 min
There are things that all of us do that subtly and unintentionally create a feeling of threat in other people. When we do that, our communication effectiveness plummets. In this episode, I’ll share three places where we can unintentionally “threaten”…
Three Things to Consider in Written Communication
Sep 10 • 10 min
Today’s episode focuses on written communication and three things to consider (plus a bonus idea or two) before you write your message. As leading in a remote or non-geolocated environment becomes more and more common, considering how we communicate…
Listening - The Other Side of Communication
Sep 3 • 9 min
While this podcast is titled “Talk Like a Leader,” my real intent is to explore all the different ways we can become better communicators. In this episode, I’m looking at the listening side of communication. We’ll briefly explore both the barriers we…
What It Means to Talk Like a Leader with Eric Levos
Aug 27 • 11 min
Inviting other people to share their perspective is something that I love to do on this podcast. This week, my long-time customer, colleague, and friend, Eric Levos joins me to discuss what it means to Talk Like a Leader. Eric is a former First…
Three Things to Consider Before You Choose a Communication Technique
Aug 20 • 9 min
As a leader, you will communicate with people in many different ways and in many different situations. You’ll be in meetings, in coaching conversations, and responding to emails. The general principles of communication apply equally to all of these…
What it Means to Talk Like a Leader with Kevin Eikenberry
Aug 13 • 11 min
Leadership expert, Kevin Eikenberry, joins me on this episode to discuss what it means to talk like a leader. Kevin has both deep and broad experience in both leading and helping leaders develop. Listen in as he shares both his perspective on what it…
Stay Positive, Avoid Negative
Aug 6 • 9 min
When we interact with other people, observe other people, and think about other people, we can go either positive or negative. If we focus on the negative, we likely experience more of it. If we focus on the positive, we likely experience more of…
Talk About What You DO Want
Jul 30 • 9 min
Many types of communication that come naturally and easily to us are not necessarily the best or most effective ways to communicate our vision, desires, and expectations. Some things that seem natural and normal actually diminish clarity and…
Why Use Communication Models and Why I Use DISC
Jul 23 • 9 min
Recently, a listener asked why I use the DISC model and what I think of other models. Great question! In this episode, I’ll share my thoughts on the general value of using communication models to become a more effective communicator. I’ll also address…
What Talking Like a Leader Means to Me
Jul 16 • 9 min
In this episode, Guy shares what talking like a leader means to him. After several episodes focused primarily on the skills of leadership communication, Guy shares his perspective on combining the right mindset, habitset, AND skillset to learn how to…
Using the Power of Apology
Jul 9 • 10 min
Many people struggle with apologizing when it could move a difficult situation forward. It’s often said that leaders should never apologize and that apology weakens your position. The contrary is actually true more of the time. Apology strengthens…
What It Means to Talk Like a Leader with Tom Butera
Jul 2 • 15 min
In this episode you’ll learn from an experienced manufacturing leader, Tom Butera. Tom has been my friend, colleague, and customer for 16 years now, and I’ve had the privilege to learn with and from him better ways to lead and communicate. I’m excited…
Three Ways to Deal with an Angry Person
Jun 25 • 11 min
At some point in your leadership journey, probably at several points, you’ll need to deal with a person who is angry. Common natural responses like withdrawing or getting angry typically don’t work well. They often result in the person becoming more…
Watch What You Say (About People)
Jun 18 • 8 min
You’re probably pretty good about what you say when you’re with people. You’re on your game. You’re positive, encouraging, and considerate. The question to consider for this episode is this: What do you say about people when their not around? Are you…
What NOT to Do with the DISC Model
Jun 11 • 10 min
Communication and behavior models like the DISC model are great tools for building, communicating with, and inspiring your team. Used appropriately, they can make a big difference in the effectiveness of your communication efforts. Used…
Learn to Manage Expectations
Jun 4 • 10 min
When experience does not match expectations, people get frustrated, stressed, and angry. Frustrated, stressed, and angry people rarely work with energy and enthusiasm. They seldom bring their best problem solving skills to work with them. What can you…
Focus on the Future
May 28 • 9 min
A common challenge leaders face is the tendency to drift into past focused conversations when trying to solve problems or coach team members. A key skill to develop is the ability to move the conversation to a future focus. In this episode, Guy talks…
Try to Relate to Your Opponent
May 21 • 9 min
When you find yourself in a conflict situation, it is tempting to “go on the attack” to make your point. Winning the argument can take center stage in your mind. And, that approach rarely ends well for either person. In this episode, Guy will explore…
How to Empower by DISC Style with Carl Smith
May 14 • 11 min
This is the last of five episodes where I discuss the Four E’s of Leadership (Engage, Encourage, Equip, and Empower) with my friend and colleague Carl Smith. Carl is a Master Trainer of the DISC model, and he brings a long history of training and…
How to Equip by DISC Style with Carl Smith
May 7 • 12 min
Carl Smith, Master Trainer of the DISC model, returns to continue our conversation about the Four E’s of Leadership (Engage, Encourage, Equip, and Empower). In this episode, we first explore the difference between Equipping and Empowering. Then, we…
Keep Learning and Searching with Carl Smith
Apr 30 • 10 min
My conversation with Carl continues in this episode. In this episode, we discuss what each of us is learning as we are recording this series of conversations. We discuss what we are hearing and learning from each other. I hope this episode encourages you…
How to Engage by DISC Style with Carl Smith
Apr 23 • 11 min
Carl Smith, Master Trainer of the DISC model, returns for the second conversation triggered by the conversation Carl and I had the first time he visited. In this episode, we explore how to Engage people based on their DISC communication style. This…
How to Encourage by DISC Style with Carl Smith
Apr 16 • 11 min
Carl Smith, Master Trainer of the DISC model, returns for a conversation about how to Encourage people based on their DISC communication style. This conversation is the first of a series of five conversations triggered by the conversation Carl and I had…
What It Means to Talk Like a Leader with Carl Smith
Apr 9 • 12 min
Carl Smith is a Master Trainer of the DISC Model of Human Behavior. He has helped leaders at all levels learn better, more effective communication skills for over 20 years. He teaches, trains, coaches, and develops training resources to enable people to…
The DISC Model of Human Behavior
Apr 2 • 10 min
A critical skill for learning to Talk Like a Leader is seeing a situation and framing your communication from the perspective of the other person. Tools that help you get outside your own perspective so that you can see things from another person’s…
Question What You Know is True
Mar 26 • 10 min
It’s incredibly tempting to run with what you know before you investigate and inquire. It’s easy to fill in gaps in understanding with assumptions based on your past experiences, and it can be disastrous for communication effectiveness with your team.…
Six Questions for Collaborative Communication
Mar 19 • 10 min
Leading a team meeting, coaching a team member on their performance, setting goals with people, and resolving conflicts are all collaborative problem-solving conversations. Collaboration can be difficult – especially when emotions are high, time is short,…
Three Ways to Irritate Others and How to Correct It
Mar 12 • 10 min
In your Leadership journey, you will inevitably have to speak with someone who is irritated or angry. While you can’t avoid the situation entirely, you can learn to minimize the risk that you will be the one to aggravate the situation. In this episode,…
Emotions are the Barrier to Change
Mar 12 • 10 min
When you take a Leadership role, you enter the change game. Change is a constant for people who aspire to lead. If you want to get better and creating change, you’ll need to get better at communicating about the change and helping others to both embrace…
Data Tells and Stories Sell
Mar 12 • 6 min
Learning to Talk Like a Leader often means learning how to sell, and how you speak – what you speak about and how you say it – often makes the difference between getting buy-in and creating frustration. In this episode, you’ll learn a key concept for…